Akai MPC Key 61 Music Production Keyboard

A game-changing standalone music production machine, the Akai MPC Key 61 gives you 25 plug-in instruments, rich effects, and expressive hands-on control.


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Overall User Ratings (based on 2 ratings)
  • Overall:
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Sound:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Features:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ease of Use:
    3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Value:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Manufacturer Support:
    3.5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wow Factor:
    5 out of 5 stars
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Submitted April 12, 2023 by Daxton Resonance

"Last piece to the puzzle!"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Without edifying myself, this unit is awesome for remix dj’s, producers, and musicians looking for a plethora of sounds outside of traditional “sample packs” due to what you can do with what comes in the box. You can use it via the MPC software or standard analog with traditional outputs that you’d get Motifs, Tritons, rack modules, etc. It truly combines multiple worlds into one cohesive unit. Be warned…if you are a rack junky the MIDI options are limited but will suffice for those of who are diverse and use a multitude of sound sources. I.E. a few necessary racks, a couple of high end plugins like Kontakt, Aurturia, etc. With the software, you combine your complete ITB arsenal with the included sounds from Akai for a truly unique blend of sounds. You can also use plugins versions of most DAW’s like Reason and Maschine to bring everything to one place and create. You can also connect both this with an MPC and start one project with either one and finish with the other workflow from either machine using the software. Meaning you can program your drums with an MPC (in the software) save it, power the MPC, and the power on the Key61, and proceed with melodies, bass, chords etc within the same project! You can even export MIDI files via the software. Get it all right and then export your stems to your mixing DAW. Badabing!!!If that isn’t your style, you can go straight analog and record straight out via XLR outputs like a traditional board and even use the included MIDI interface to control your outboard sound modules! Regardless if you produce ITB or straight software, you can flavor your sound and mix within the unit and color your stems with the included EFX, guitar pads, etc accordingly. That way you can essentially cut down on the coloring process during post! IMHO it’s a game changer because it offers a hybrid and rich sounding approach to production and on the fly sound design.Of course…I was able to get this unit through zzounds awesome payment plan which made this whole review possible. GET IT!! It will eliminate the need for any MIDI keyboard you currently use moving forward with seemingly limitless creative possibilities yo!

Musical Background:

Showcase DJ, Sound Engineer, Bedroom Producer, Musician, Turntablist

Musical Style:

Whatever feels good and promotes positive energy—ONLY lol!!
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Submitted September 25, 2023 by a customer from gmail.com

"Great sounds good product"

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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Love it! It’s so easy to use
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